Hairboy points us to this article on Unit News:
BBC worldwide have announced a major deal with CBC Television for the second Doctor Who series.
The deal includes a Christmas special, hosted by Billie Piper exclusively for CBC viewers that air on Boxing Day. The new 13 part adventure is currently filming in Wales and is due to air on CBC in 2006.
Today’s press release also states that “BBC Video is planning to release series one on DVD in February 2006.”
This news will be be warmly welcomed by fans in North America, especially those in the USA who have been unable to view the series in the absence of a sale to a US broadcaster.
Word has it the BBC is still trying to get someone in the States to purchase the series, but barring that at least the official Region 1 DVDs will be available next year for all you folks who don’t live close enough to Canada to catch it on CBC. I’m really looking forward to Boxing Day for the first time ever simply so I can watch the Christmas special. Who would’ve thought that Canada would finally find a way to make Boxing Day important to me?
This was my first time visiting the Unit News website so I poked around a little and found this article on the filming of the Christmas special. No spoilers in the article, but what was interesting about it was reading about how fans visiting the location were allowed to interact with the cast and crew so long as they didn’t interrupt shooting. Cast members took time to sign autographs and pose for pictures with the fans each day and former fifth Doctor Peter Davidson even shows up at one point to hang out and chat with David Tennant and Billie Piper. There’s some behind the scenes photos as well if you’re interested in checking them out.